You can run, but you can’t hide

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I know of many Christians who keep themselves busy all year round, even all summer round, with school, work, volunteering, ministry, plus recreational and entertainment. Even in ministry, they do so much that they take little time to pause and really think about why they are doing what they are doing. This preoccupation with keeping busy is a disease that is keeping us from fulfilling our God-ordained purposes, and yet it is only a symptom of something worse.We can do everything we want to do–God will let us do just that. We can run, but we cannot hide from the One who is truly pursuing us: God Himself. Whenever we occupy ourselves with so many responsibilities, tasks and activities, we miss out on the person behind every situation — the Lord who is intimately seeking us out for a deeper relationship with Him through those acts of busyness.I am flabbergasted at this fear we have of God and His wrath. It’s like we see ourselves as unworthy, sinful and shameful people who have done wrong against God… and the fear of His punishment (or even just His harsh words of conviction) actually drives us away from Himself. That is an unhealthy fear of God. However, this unhealthy fear driving us away from our Lord Jesus should rather be transformed by grace so that it becomes a healthy fear, one that drives us toward Him. There is truly no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus — there is no possibility of future wrath, for it all has been taken upon by Christ Himself.Why should we run or hide, when doing so actually gets us nowhere!?As John Stott once said, “Divine love triumphed over divine wrath by divine self-sacrifice.” When God pursues us, He pursues us out of love and not out of a need to condemn or punish. The only condemnation or punishment we would ever face would be from ourselves, a wrongly placed perspective of seeing ourselves as sinners rather than saints who have been made holy and faithful by His blood.I know we can and often do get ourselves into long periods time where we feel like God is far away from us. Often it is even ourselves who actively avoid doing quiet time and our devotions that pushes God further away, all the while we keep ourselves occupied with a schedule full of other activities. No matter where you go, He is there; you can run but you cannot hide.He is always watching over us, there with us, and living in us. Let us rest in peace, knowing that He is always there — we have nothing to fear šŸ™‚

7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?Or where shall I flee from your presence?8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!9 If I take the wings of the morningand dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,10 even there your hand shall lead me,and your right hand shall hold me.11 If I say, ???Surely the darkness shall cover me,and the light about me be night,???12 even the darkness is not dark to you;the night is bright as the day,for darkness is as light with you.Psalm 139:7-12, ESV

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